But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Thursday, 21 September 2017 07:45

Things To Remember – 2 Timothy 2:14-15

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Also available as MP3:Things To Remember – 2 Timothy 2:14-15

Summary:

The “things” Paul told Timothy to put them in remembrance of were the thingsof his gospel that he told Timothy himself to remember in v.8. If a grace pastor re-minds his people of Paul’s gospel it will keep...

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Written by Pastor Ricky Kurth
Thursday, 21 September 2017 07:15

A Note From One Young Pastor to Other Young Pastors

9/21/17 Pastor Albert Kilgore

To be in any form of ministry is 100% a blessed grace from God. Often we forget that God not only showed mercy on our failures but also graces every good thing we ever do. To think that God would allow us (i.e., Christians) who once were far off (Eph. 2:13) and actively...

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Written by Albert Kilgore
Thursday, 21 September 2017 06:53

Luther on the Term “Free Will”

image If you know a few things about Martin Luther, you probably know that he wrote Bondage of the Willin response to Erasmus’ book about the freedom of the will (Discussion Concerning Free Will).  Luther argued from Scripture that man, since Adam’s fall, is born in sin, dead in sin,...

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Written by Reformed Reader
Thursday, 21 September 2017 06:51

NAR apologist Dr. Michael Brown to speak at Calvary Chapel affiliate

Steve Berger , pastor of the CC affiliated Grace Chapel (Franklin, TN) is at it again – Even after recently promoting the heretical NAR event “Awaken The Dawn“. [See https://emergentwatch.com/2017/08/24/calvary-chapel-affiliate-hosts-major-ecumenical-nar-event/. Since the event at...

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Written by Mark Jefferies
Thursday, 21 September 2017 06:50

The Open Door: how loose change changes lives

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Over time 85-year-old Johnny Jennings of Ringgold has raised more than $408,000 for the Georgia Baptist Children’s Homes through selling cans and papers. Now, he’s thought of another way others can get involved. GETTY IMAGES

Our theme for the Mission Georgia Offering this year is...

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Written by J. Robert White
Thursday, 21 September 2017 06:44

A Theological Case for Inerrancy (Pt.1)

Here is a slightly revamped two-parter from several years ago  

The battle over the inerrancy of Scripture hasn’t and isn’t going away.  We must decide how we will approach the Bible – what our working assumptions will be.  If “all Scripture is...

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Written by Paul Henebury
Thursday, 21 September 2017 06:40

Book Review: The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Theology

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Ryan McGraw
Sep 21, 2017
Ryan McGraw offers a helpful review of "The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Theology, 1600-1800."...Continue reading.

Authors: Ryan McGraw...

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Written by Ryan McGraw
Thursday, 21 September 2017 06:40

Book Review: The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Theology

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Ulrich L. Lehner, Richard A. Muller, and A. G. Roeber, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Theology, 1600-1800 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016). $140.28. 668pp. Hardcover.
 
Studying classic Reformed theology is one of the most important things that Reformed ministers and students...

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Written by Meet the Puritans
Thursday, 21 September 2017 06:32

What Should You Say To A Friend Who Tells You They’re Same-Sex Attracted?

People are not projects.

They’re not “issues” to fix.

People are people to be loved.

Our lives are filled with the stories of broken, needy people.

Part of loving others includes creating a space for those around us to feel like they can open up about their lives.

Part of loving them...

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Written by Staff
Thursday, 21 September 2017 06:30

What';s a very common temptation when it comes to building growing churches?

It’s tempting to think, “If I were just a little smarter or a little more articulate or a little funnier, then my church would be a little bit better and grow a little bit faster.”

But it’s important for pastors to remember that ultimately God is at the work of building his...

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Written by Daniel Gardner
Thursday, 21 September 2017 06:25

Why Wasn't Nabeel Qureshi Healed? (In Response to Dr. Michael Brown's Article) Featured

Nabeel Qureshi, best-selling author of Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, died of stomach cancer this past Saturday at the age of 34. I never met Nabeel, but I followed his ministry and believed him to be a dear brother in the Lord. Nabeel grew up a devout Ahmadi Muslim. His college roommate, David...

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Written by FSBCJC
Thursday, 21 September 2017 06:10

Remembering Nabeel Qureshi

On the 16th of September 2107, God called 34 year old Nabeel Qureshi home to glory after a long battle with stomach cancer. He leaves a grieving wife and daughter behind, as well as parents, a sister, and countless people whose lives he touched. I first came to know something of him through his...

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Written by Alf Cengia
Thursday, 21 September 2017 05:49

Sons in the Son of God

Familiarity. Preachers and psychologists warn us about it, spouses fall prey to its tantalizing trap, and children get blindly sucked into its vortex of ingratitude. So sweet and so welcome, familiarity easily plummets into presumption. Aesop put it this way, “Familiarity breeds...

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Written by Dan Adams
Thursday, 21 September 2017 05:42

Now, That’s Audacious

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Ross Douthat takes the temperature of Roman Catholicism in the era of Francis:

In fact the conflicting inquisitions, liberal and conservative, are the all-but-inevitable result of the pope’s decisions to stir the church’s tensions into civil war again, and then to fight for the liberal...

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Written by D. G. Hart
Thursday, 21 September 2017 05:26

Our little ones in Heaven (2)…

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Our Little Ones in Paradise, compiled by Rev. Samuel Cutler

Chapter 1: Hidden Purposes

Why has God thus dealt with me? is often the sad inquiry of the parental heart when a darling child is removed by death.

At such an hour there is sometimes, even in the mind of the Christian, a feeling of distrust...

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Written by Tim Bayly
Thursday, 21 September 2017 05:16

Our little ones in Heaven (1): Little lamb, Who made thee…

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I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me. (2 Samuel 12:23)

Over the course of the past few months, our congregation has suffered the loss of several little ones, both born and unborn. These losses are very sad and grieving them is hard work.

Early in my ministry I was travelling back...

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Written by Tim Bayly
Thursday, 21 September 2017 04:40

Why should a pastor listen to the criticisms of older members about his preaching?

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In the tough, early years of my ministry, I thought I was the patient one. I was enduring through the criticisms, judgments, and actions to remove me. I was being the bigger, more faithful person. As the years have passed, I have realized in a lot of ways more and more that it was the other way...

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Written by Brian
Thursday, 21 September 2017 04:30

No Longer A Mystery! David Lynch and Jesus

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A couple of weeks ago, the brilliant T.V. revival, Twin Peaks: The Return, came to a close. The writer and director David Lynch baffled his giddy audience with 18 episodes of near absurdity, robbing nostalgic fans of their desire to return to the past.

While Lynch’s goal was certainly to...

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Written by Joel Hess
Thursday, 21 September 2017 04:30

2 Practical Shepherding Books for $5 on Kindle

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By: Brian Croft and Bryce Butler

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By: Brian Croft (Foreword by Albert Mohler)

Authors: Brian...

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Written by Brian
Thursday, 21 September 2017 03:50

Between Irrelevance and Inspiration: Rob Bell’s “What is the Bible?”

I imagine it was a paradisiacal day—whatever happy, joyful, and blissful picture that gives your imagination—when the serpent slithered to the woman in the Garden of Eden. He did not come armed with bow or sword but only with his tongue and a simple but provocative question: “Did...

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Written by Kyle Borg
Thursday, 21 September 2017 03:41

The Four Groups Of Cessationists.

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Written by Acidri
Thursday, 21 September 2017 03:40

Apologetics in a Post Christian Age (Audio)

Here's the audio from our Wednesday Night Bible Study -- "Introduction to Apologetics - What Is It and Why Do It?"  Part 1.   Click Here

Authors: Kim Riddlebarger...

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Written by Kim Riddlebarger
Thursday, 21 September 2017 03:21

Apologetics Is Not Saying You’re Sorry

As a professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University, I (Sean) help prepare students to answer tough questions raised against the Christian faith. One day someone from outside the Biola academic community called our university to ask why we offer classes on apologizing for the faith. She...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Thursday, 21 September 2017 03:18

(Podcast 9.21.17) Message: “Stephen: Facing Life with Integrity” (Acts 6:8-15; 7:54-60) - Bellator Christi

Stephen: Facing Life with Integrity

Acts 6:8-15; 7:54-60

Rev. Brian Chilton, M.Div., Certified in Christian Apologetics

  1. Stephen displayed integrity as he faced MINISTRY with MIRACLES (6:8).
    1.  Ministry of GRACE (6:8a).
    2.  Ministry of GOD (6:8b).
  2. Stephen displayed integrity as he faced MALICE with...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Thursday, 21 September 2017 03:18

5 Earth-Shattering Events Linked to the Bible

In the recent update to my father’s classic book Evidence that Demands a Verdict, we begin with a chapter on the uniqueness of the Bible. Unquestionably, in comparison to every book ever written, the Bible stands out as unique in a number of areas including authorship, literary genres,...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Thursday, 21 September 2017 03:18

SBC President Says God Will Make You Promises in Prayer Featured

imageNo, this isn’t a repeat from earlier in the week when the CEO of the SBC Executive Board asked for new revelation from God. That was Frank Page, and this time it’s the President of the Southern Baptist Convention who’s telling people that God will speak to them in prayer.

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Written by News Division
Thursday, 21 September 2017 03:03

How to Journal through the Psalms

Getting Real and Drawing Near

Let’s face it—we are emotional creatures. And we don’t have to apologize for that fact. After all, God designed us that way, and in the Psalms we see that God works through our emotions to draw us closer to him and to mature us spiritually. We want to...

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Written by Lydia Brownback
Thursday, 21 September 2017 03:00

Seven Questions about Books, Life, and Ministry with James Williams

Let’s start out by telling our readers a little about you. (Current ministry context, family, joys in life, etc.)

I serve as Associate Pastor at FBC Atlanta, TX. I’ve been married to Jenny for eight years now. We have three children: Kaden (6), Maya (5), and Chandler (2). We serve as...

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Written by Matthew Adams
Thursday, 21 September 2017 02:52

Millions of Years?

A Christian’s belief in millions of years totally contradicts the clear teaching of Scripture. Here are just three examples:

Thorns. Fossil thorns are found in rock layers that secularists believe to be hundreds of millions of years old, so supposedly they existed millions of years before man....

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Written by John Samson
Thursday, 21 September 2017 02:47

The Importance of Networking for the Pastor’s Wife (Leigh Powers)

A new study from LifeWay Research indicates that while most pastor’s wives (PWs) love the ministry, loneliness and isolation are also part of their experience. It’s not a surprising finding. My answers to the survey questions would have been in line with most of the answers given by the...

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Written by Guest Blogger
Thursday, 21 September 2017 02:38

AHA (Abolish Human Abortion) Brain Trust Suggests Bombing Churches Featured

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Bojidar Marinov (left) and fellow (former?) theonomist, Jeff Durbin.

Bojidar Marinov first became known as a fire-breathing theonomist, insistent that all Mosaic Judicial Law be strictly enforced by the government – including Mosaic penology, requiring the death penalty for such crimes as...

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Written by News Division
Thursday, 21 September 2017 02:20

Mexico City and earthquakes: a retrospective on Disaster Relief

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The 1985 earthquake in Mexico City, 32 years ago to the day this week, registered an 8.1 magnitude and resulted in the deaths of more than 10,000 people. Baptist disaster relief teams were onsite within weeks. JOE WESTBURY/Index

Not again.

Those were my thoughts just 48 hours ago as the news alerts...

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Written by Joe Westbury
Thursday, 21 September 2017 01:40

The Ascension of Christ

Holiday Thought.

“And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, He was taken up; and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white clothing; Who said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye...

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Written by Allan Murray
Thursday, 21 September 2017 01:14

We should ban the bible! | Whattaya Do?

Written by Anthony Uvenio
Thursday, 21 September 2017 01:05

Babies, Culture, And How Math Works In God’s Creation Featured

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Our “culture of death” has many faces, some of which we have no trouble confidently identifying and whining about at the drop of the hat. The horror of“legal” child sacrifice through abortion, for example, is an easy target for many on the Right side of the...

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Written by FireBreathingChristian
Thursday, 21 September 2017 00:48

The 17th Edition of The Chicago Manual of Style

I am not sure how I missed it, but the 17th edition of TheChicago Manual of Style is now out. Grammar nerds everywhere rejoice! The Washington Posthas a write up here.

Authors: BibleX...

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Written by BibleX
Thursday, 21 September 2017 00:45

​Apologetics Is Not Saying You’re Sorry

image What is apologetics? Does it involve saying you're sorry for your beliefs? Sean briefly lays out the biblical nature of apologetics for all Christians.

Authors: Sean McDowell...

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Written by Sean McDowell
Thursday, 21 September 2017 00:33

Catholicism of the mind

Bryan Cross:
Today some Protestants publicized what they call a “Reformed Catholic Confession” that at least 250 have signed as of today. Much of the content of this Confession, of course, is common ground with the doctrine of the Catholic Church. And at least one of the intentions of...

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Written by steve
Thursday, 21 September 2017 00:31

The Five Solas of the Protestant Deformation

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The church has “functionally replaced the Five Solas of the Reformation with pragmatic, and often idolatrous, solas of our own making,” says Bible study author, speaker and blogger Michelle Lesley. I’d venture to say that a large number of professing Protestants have no clue...

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Written by Marsha West
Thursday, 21 September 2017 00:00

If white Americans are racist, how come Asians do so well?

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This article is written by the far-left radical Nicholas Kristof, writing in the radically-leftist New York Times. (A former newspaper)

Excerpt:

THIS is an awkward question, but here goes: Why are Asian-Americans so successful in...

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Written by Wintery Knight
Thursday, 21 September 2017 00:00

1 Corinthians 13

The post 1 Corinthians 13 appeared first on Southern Equip.

Authors: Beau Hughes

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Duration: 2280 secondsSize: 52.2 Mb...

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Written by Beau Hughes
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 23:44

Two confusions on prayer for healing

Wednesday, 20 September 2017 23:28

The presumption of salvation

How the assurance of salvation is dealt with is a distinguishing feature of different theological traditions. Some theological traditions deny the assurance of salvation because they say the regenerate can lose their salvation. Some theological traditions affirm that assurance of salvation is...

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Written by steve
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 23:15

The secret of development of Christian character is the realization of our own powerlessness Featured

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The secret of development of Christian character is the realization of our own powerlessness,acknowledge powerlessness,and the consequent turning unto the Lord for help.The plain fact is that of ourselves we are utterly unable to practice a single precept or obey a single command that is set before...

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Written by Reformed Spirit
Wednesday, 20 September 2017 23:09

The loss of all confidence in himself is the first essential in the believer’s growth in grace. Featured

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Just as the sinner’s despair of any hope from himself is the first prerequisite of a sound conversion, so the loss of all confidence in himself is the first essential in the believer’s growth in grace.
AW Pink
Sovereignty of God - Page 287

Authors: Reformed Spirit...

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Written by Reformed Spirit